Denver and Colorado can thank a beautiful environment and strong economy for its recent population boom and expansion, but the arts and culture scene also plays a prominent role and drawing visitors and new residents to the state. 2018 looks to be another fantastic year for arts and culture opportunities and while most of the fuss is over Denver’s planned MeowWolf installation – there are many other great art projects lined up for 2018. Let’s get a preview of Denver’s planned art projects so you can set your planner for a year of new art.
Eight Colorado Public Projects to Look Out for in 2018
Note: The following featured projects were made possible by grants from Denver Arts and Venues.
- Balfour at Riverfront Park: Three large archways constructed with Colorado beetle-kill Pine that depict the evolution of the South Platte basin will be installed at Commons Park.
- Birdseed Collective: Lead artist Anthony Garcia Sr. will oversee the painting of dumpsters by twenty unique artists for the Columbine Denver Housing Authority Development. They are asking for community input in the design and installation of the art.
- Broadway Partnership: Local artist group Knomad Colab will create light installations using multiple LED displays for the Broadway Corridor between Interstate 25 and 2nd Avenue.
- Colfax Avenue: Walk Denver will work with the local community to create several projects to promote pedestrian safety. Denver street artist Pat Milbery will create a large-scale mural to project the ideal behind Vision Zero.
- NINE dot ARTS: A party known as ‘Happy City’ and a massive installation will take place throughout the entire city. Happy City includes an outdoor art rave, projects, and the world’s largest disco ball.
- RedLine Art Center: Redline and other collaborators look to shine the spotlight on Denver’s homeless problem with a tiny house installation. The idea of the project is to shore up community support around tiny home developments for the homeless.
- South Pearl Street Association: Three-to-five “fairy doors” will be installed in the South Pearl St area. The doors will be designed and created by various local artists with an interactive “map” to showcase the project.
- Thomas Jefferson High School: A mural on ceramic styles will be painted at the eastbound RTD shelter at the intersection of Ivanhoe Street and Hampden Avenue. The tiles were painted by southeast community Denver members.
If you need some culture in your life than set aside time to view one or many of these new public projects. They’re free, they’re all around the Denver metro, and are ready to be appreciated.